Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia is offering in-person gatherings and allowing troops and service units to meet in person if they choose to do so.
In-person guidelines (July 2021 update)
There is nothing Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia takes more seriously than the safety and well-being of our girls, volunteers and staff members. Here are updates about steps we are taking to help fight the spread of COVID-19 and comply with Gov. Ralph Northam’s executive orders:
Gov. Ralph Northam on May 21 announced new measures to ease COVID-19 restrictions. Girl Scouts promise to help other people at all times, so Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia is adjusting our guidelines for meetings and encouraging Girl Scout volunteers and families to use their best judgment. This guidance covers meetings and activities of troops and service units.
Council office and shop
In-person troop meetings
- Meeting outdoors is preferred over meeting indoors.
- Get advance permission from the owner of the location.
- Schools or churches may not permit outside groups on premises, so always check and confirm ahead of time.
- For meetings at
public facilities, ask the facility these questions in advance:
- Is the space cleaned and are touch surfaces (tabletops, light switches, chairs, etc.) sanitized at least daily?
- Who else uses the space (how often, what size is the group)? Is the space cleaned between groups?
- What type of faucets and soap dispensers are available in the restroom (sensory or manual)?
- Does the facility follow CDC and state health department guidelines?
It is imperative to take all safety precautions when girls are travelling in motor vehicles. If possible, girls from different households should not carpool. Coronavirus transmission risk is high when people are in proximity less than six feet apart. The risk increases when people are in a closed-in area or indoors for longer than 10 minutes. When transporting girls, always space out the girls to avoid crowding, have girls wear a mask, and keep the windows partially open to provide ventilation. Make sure parents are aware ahead of time if girls will be in a car together. Always, for every in-person event, meeting, or transportation arrangement, conduct the prescreening process to ensure that coronavirus does not touch Girl Scout gatherings.
Here are additional guidelines for troops that decide to hold in-person meetings:
Contact at in-person meetings
First aid supplies
Reporting and communicating a positive COVID-19 test
Message from CEO Molly T. Fuller: We are here for you
Like many of you, I’m working remotely and find the change energizing and intense and perhaps the first opportunity in a while to slow down and reflect. I will quickly acknowledge that I do not have the additional consideration of children at home, so reflection may happen with more ease! I feel a great sense of pride when I think about the 108-year history of Girl Scouts, what was happening in the world and how Girl Scouts responded. We have risen to the occasion more than once — because we're Girl Scouts.
In this period of uncertainty and new challenges, please know that each of you has my personal respect and appreciation as well as that of our entire staff. You are incredible community leaders and deserve all of the acclaim possible for keeping focused on the needs and interests of girls, your family and so many other things. With the current varied demands, we recognize Girl Scouts may not be the top priority for some and yet for others it may be a source of comfort and familiarity in ever-changing times. In whatever space Girl Scout families find themselves, we are here to support you.
We want your Girl Scout experience to be a source of fun, energy and meaningful interactions — even when we can't get together in person. Our council is finding our way in real time through the logistics of how to best support you, your girls and, hopefully, your family through programming events and activities and everything else that Girl Scouts offers our members. Our goal is to be responsive and find the best approach for the common good.
We are here for you. Please take care of yourself (easier said than
done), have moments of lightness and perhaps a joyful Girl Scout
moment. When we’re able to get together again, we look forward to
celebrating Girl Scout sisterhood in person.
Yours in Girl Scouting,